Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below

If you believe the 190 acres of RFK's campus could be more than the next NFL stadium for billionaire Dan Snyder, say #HailNo and sign this petition below:

"As a DC resident, I am against a deal that gives away a single square foot of land or a single District tax dollar to build a new stadium for billionaire NFL owner Dan Snyder.

  • I believe the 190 acres alongside the Anacostia River could be so much more than oceans of asphalt for surface parking and a 60,000 seat stadium.

  • On average, most NFL stadiums only hold 10 to 20 events annually outside of eight NFL home games, meaning the stadium sits empty more than 300 days a year. An enormous space that sits empty doesn’t spur economic growth and doesn’t help the surrounding community, as study after study has demonstrated.

  • Make no mistake - people drive to NFL games and they're going to park somewhere, regardless of how much is available. At San Francisco's new stadium, they had to rent out all of the parking lots at a nearby amusement park. Where do you think people will park around RFK if there isn't enough parking for fans?

  • Nationwide, since 1997 we've seen the NFL pit communities against each other while collecting more than $6.7 billion dollars from taxpayers to build stadiums for privately-owned teams. Overall, local taxpayers end up footing around half the bill for a new NFL stadium.  

  • The costs of these projects are always higher than estimated. The five most recent newly-constructed NFL stadiums have surpassed more than $1 billion dollars each!

  • As a DC resident, I don't want to see DC hoodwinked into paying for a billionaire's stadium. The District needs our tax dollars to create new housing at all levels, support local DC entrepreneurs who run small and local business, take urgent steps forward to shift to a 100% clean energy environment, build larger and modern schools for our growing city, fund our Metro system, and in general spend money to make life better and easier for DC residents.

  • Sitting on the banks of the historic Anacostia River, a new stadium and all of the traffic and trash that would come along, would set the Anacostia River's improvement back. RFK has never had to meet standards set by the National Environmental Policy Act, and I am concerned any deal worked out under the outgoing Congress would try to extend the exemption to holding the site accountable to environmental standards.

Dedicating millions of dollars to bring an NFL stadium to the District is a bad deal and a poor use of an incredible opportunity. 

Thank you."

Who's signing

Katherine Hailey
Will Handsfield
Ryan Terry
Ben Podnar
Carolyn Serfass
Noreen Lyday
Lila Jaafar
Monica Swintz
Jessica Leas
David Fpx
Gabriel Anaya
Amanda Shipe
Andrew Lightman
Andy Litsky
Nicole Nathanson
Patrick Burnett
Abbie Sorrendino
Courtney Carter
A. Drew Smith
Jill Cashen
Andrea Boron
Caroline Quat
Jason Goldsmith
Tim Schmitz
Peter van Rossum
Cathy Hampton
Sarah Heffern
Muriel Shepperson
Lorraine Osinski
4,040 SIGNATURES
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Katherine Hailey
    signed 2018-12-14 13:03:12 -0500
  • Will Handsfield
    signed 2018-12-14 13:02:57 -0500
    I live 7 blocks west of the RFK stadium, and in the past, have lived within 10 blocks of Mile High Stadium in Denver. Living near an active NFL stadium is terrible for residents in two ways. On gamedays, the influx of traffic into the neighborhood makes normal resident mobility (including on foot, by bike, by car, by bus, or other transit) nearly impossible. On all other days, the stadium area may as well be a dark spot on the map where nothing happens, and the opportunity costs are very high. A big part of the problem lies in building infrastructure that is scaled for game day (maybe 100,000 people showing up at once), which is then used by almost no one the remaining days of the year. It leads to speeding, vast vacant spaces, and the crime that happens in places where no one is watching.


    I also have grave concerns over the sport of football generally, which we know causes CTE trauma in the brains of all of its players, often fatal in later life, and closely associated with much higher rates of suicide, spousal abuse, and even murder. The city should not be party to the continuation of a sport that causes highly damaging trauma to its participants.


    A better athletic use for the site could be any of the following:

    An indoor running track suitable for scholastic meets – running is the most accessible sport to the largest number of kids and adults – most people can do it, and it only requires an investment in shoes.

    An Olympic-distance indoor pool and natatorium – the District’s only olympic-sized indoor pool is distant from most residents, located in upper Ward 3 nearer to the Maryland border than to central DC. This site, with Metro accessibility on 3 lines, and close to Wards 5, 6, 7, & 8 would have year round access for a large number of underserved district residents.

    An indoor stadium suitable for gymnastics, dance competitions, and other sports more accessible to DC residents.
  • Ryan Terry
    signed 2018-12-14 13:02:34 -0500
  • Ben Podnar
    signed 2018-12-14 13:01:50 -0500
  • Carolyn Serfass
    signed 2018-12-14 13:01:07 -0500
  • Noreen Lyday
    signed 2018-12-14 13:00:27 -0500
  • Lila Jaafar
    signed 2018-12-14 13:00:15 -0500
  • Monica Swintz
    signed 2018-12-14 12:59:08 -0500
  • Jessica Leas
    signed 2018-12-14 12:58:26 -0500
    I live in this neighborhood and do not want any football stadium, but less one that is racist, in my neighborhood. We want a park. We want things that will be used by the community and not just drunk commuters.
  • David Fpx
    signed via 2018-12-14 12:57:32 -0500
  • Gabriel Anaya
    signed 2018-12-14 12:56:46 -0500
  • Amanda Shipe
    signed 2018-12-14 12:56:45 -0500
  • Andrew Lightman
    signed 2018-12-14 12:55:44 -0500
  • Andy Litsky
    signed 2018-12-14 12:55:06 -0500
    Just because the Republican Congress says we may doesn’t require The Council to say we should. And to Dan Snyder? Why not give it to Donald Trump? Stop this NOW!
  • Nicole Nathanson
    signed 2018-12-14 12:52:45 -0500
  • Patrick Burnett
    signed 2018-12-14 12:52:37 -0500
  • Abbie Sorrendino
    signed 2018-12-14 12:51:59 -0500
  • Courtney Carter
    signed 2018-12-14 12:51:58 -0500
  • A. Drew Smith
    signed 2018-12-14 12:51:49 -0500
    They already have a stadium. They don’t need another one.
  • Jill Cashen
    @jillcashen tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-14 12:51:34 -0500
    Sign the petition: Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=223457
  • Jill Cashen
    signed 2018-12-14 12:51:20 -0500
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  • Andrea Boron
    signed 2018-12-14 12:51:04 -0500
    Consult DC residents on best use of land and our tax dollars!
  • Caroline Quat
    signed 2018-12-14 12:50:45 -0500
    Literally…no ones wants a new stadium for a team with a horrible owner who refuses to change the name to something no offensive. For a team that has been losing fans and viewers for years. For a stadium that won’t get any community use in a spot that should be used for community reasons. Let’s do something with the land that actually helps DC with some of its biggest issues. We need more jobs, more low income housing, more grocery options…let’s deal with that instead of build an annoying new stadium.
  • Jason Goldsmith
    signed via 2018-12-14 12:50:40 -0500
    Jason Goldsmith
  • Tim Schmitz
    signed 2018-12-14 12:50:20 -0500
  • Peter van Rossum
    signed 2018-12-14 12:50:08 -0500
  • Cathy Hampton
    signed 2018-12-14 12:49:39 -0500
  • Sarah Heffern
    signed 2018-12-14 12:49:15 -0500
  • Muriel Shepperson
    signed 2018-12-14 12:48:58 -0500
    Not to mention the name is a racial slur!! Has always been! Just watch western movies and tv shows to hear the venom!! I am behind this effort 100%!! Thank you Charles Allen for being a true leader in this regard! Thank you!
  • Lorraine Osinski
    signed 2018-12-14 12:48:53 -0500
    Haven’t we used enough of our tax dollars for things that sports owners won’t pay for themselves? The starting cost of a new stadium is 1 BILLION! 1BILLION for something to be used 10-30 times a year, when we in the community want housing, and better roads, and improved schools. Shame on you for more listening to the community in and around this area.